Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation (ASBI) is seeking a Director of Family Programming & Religious Engagement as we continue building our dynamic Modern Orthodox community in Chicago. As the second member of the Religious Leadership Team, this role has high-visibility, autonomy, opportunity for impact, and growth potential. Success in this role is predicated upon vibrant family programming but will be complemented with other activities based on the interests, background, and expertise of the individual.
ASBI’s community is enriched by our unique and diverse backgrounds. Our thousands of members and other stakeholders strive to learn, build relationships, and positively impact each other and the greater community. Located steps away from the lakefront in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, we engage the modern world while treasuring Halacha and Jewish tradition.
Family Programming (70-80% of time)
• Envision, develop, and execute on a comprehensive curriculum of family programming (tots through teens), including working with lay leaders and part-time youth staff on planning and implementation.
• Oversee Shabbat/holiday tefilah groups for youth (tots through teens), including hiring, supervising, and coordinating staffing.
• Manage publicity and recruitment to ensure robust attendance at family programs.
• Guide families through the bar/bat mitzvah process at ASBI, ensuring that parents, tutors, and students are organized around a common educational vision and desired experience.
• Coordinate and implement teen programs to engage post-Bnai Mitzvah youth in synagogue activities and religious life.
• Serve as staff liaison to Family Committee to assess programming and events.
• Build personal relationships with children and parents.
Other Activities (20 – 30% of time), one of the following:
Option A: Women’s Religious Engagement
• Facilitate a spirited ezrat nashim by welcoming newcomers, attending tefilot as a public face of ASBI, and delivering drashot, divrei torah, and shiurim in rotation with the rabbi.
• Research and respond to halakhic questions and requests for pastoral support; attend and support lifecycle events as needed and as appropriate.
• Organize women’s readings or other public ritual opportunities on Simchat Torah, Purim, Shavuot, and occasional Shabbatot in conjunction with community leaders, readers, and participants.
• Develop and execute on a roadmap of events to increase women’s involvement in the religious life of the community.
Option B: Assistant Rabbi
• Attend weekday, Shabbat, and holiday tefillot with regularity.
• Provide pastoral support and halakhic guidance to shul membership. Make shiva visits, hospital visits etc. as needed and in coordination with the rabbi and shul Chessed Committee.
• Share Divrei Torah, drashot, and shiurim, in rotation with the rabbi, that engage the congregation in relevant and inspiring Torah study.
Option C: Director of Lifelong Learning / Adult Education
• Partner with the Rabbi, Education Committee, and other stakeholders to formulate educational priorities for synagogue-based adult education.
• Plan and implement a schedule of classes, lectures, workshops, and guest-speakers to engage the congregation in Torah study and Jewish learning.
• Serve alongside the rabbi and other educators in the community as a teacher and facilitator of synagogue-based Jewish education.
• Serve as a key partner for the Rabbi and other synagogue staff as the team engages with members, committees, and external stakeholders.
• Provide a friendly, welcoming, and religiously-compelling public-face for the congregation and serve as a warm and welcoming presence at synagogue functions.
• Assume responsibility for other initiatives, tasks, and projects necessary to further the programmatic and educational mission of the congregation.
• Cultivate relationships with members of the congregation and other stakeholders to facilitate all of the above endeavors and activities.
• Minimum of two years post-secondary full-time Torah study.
• Minimum of three years of relevant programming or teaching experience.
• Ordination from a reputable Orthodox yeshiva or similar education is preferred.
• Demonstrated ability leading youth and teen programs and activities.
• Experience as a Jewish educator and/or within the field of Jewish education.
• Appreciation of and alignment with ASBI’s culture of Modern Orthodoxy.
• A strong sense of prioritization across a large number of initiatives with the ability to pivot quickly as needs evolve.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Enthusiasm, flexibility, strong organizational skills, and ability to work collaboratively.
• Strong interpersonal skills, generating energy and excitement from a genuine appreciation and enjoyment of our community.
• Self-starter with the ability to think strategically.